|Ashes Of The Orphic Dreams
And then there were three: Kosmos just released their third album "Ashes Of The Orphic Dream", keeping alive the usual two-year interval between their works. The project created by Nekros (guitars, bass, vocals, and lyrics) and xOv (visuals, mastering, and concept) — this time supported by Sorthei on drums (Daedalion, Inferi Gloria, and Pavillon Rouge) — came back with a quite inspired new creature, both in terms of themes and music.
The concept here can be connected to Orpheus —perhaps not as musician of the gods, but more as a missionary —and indirectly to the Eleusinian Mysteries, the rituals of which represented the abduction of Persephone by Hades, in order to grant purification and consecration. Therefore, this is a further development of what was portrayed in their previous work "Le Vecteur Transcendantal": in that case Nature, Man, and Time took the center of the stage, while here the band focused on the relationship between what mankind could have done to make the world a better place and what we actually did, managing to corrupt that primordial harmony that maintained the equilibrium, spreading negative feelings and illnesses through the centuries — be they of the body or the spirit — that eventually brought the world to its knees.
Musically speaking, the French act firmly kept a foot in old school territories, showing some genuine aggressiveness, but leaving some room for a more melodic and atmospheric side as well (as we had enjoyed on their previous work). The two tracks "Heaven's Creative Energy" and "Virginite Originelle" clearly explain the message Kosmos want to convey: it is not always perfect, and oddly enriched by dissonant additions and solos, although seemingly out place (as in "Upheaval Of Titan's Might"). However, the more you listen to it, the more you will assimilate them, adding significant value and personality to their work; in addition, as it happened in the past, Kosmos made good use of the exclusively instrumental sections ("C.T.K.E." and "Kosmos") in order to expand on their cosmic/sensorial side.
Honestly speaking, at the moment I am not sure if "Ashes Of The Orphic Dream" is Kosmos' best work yet, but it is the most mature, complete, and somewhat intimate; the one that tried to break some rules, trying to set forth on a journey towards a personal destination. Of course, the road ahead is really long, but we will be here waiting for the eventual — and we hope positive — developments.